Don’t Be Afraid to Be the Cause of Your Kids’ Questions About Christianity
by Natasha Crain
A couple of weeks ago, I started teaching a 5-week “Introduction to Apologetics” class to adults at a local church. In the first session, we talked about the evidence for the existence of God in nature—the origin of the universe, the design of life, and our innate moral knowledge.
During the question time at the end of the first session, one of the men raised his Bible in the air and said, “This was empowering! It gave me even more appreciation for God’s Word!” Other people had similar positive comments. I left feeling like things went great.
A couple of days later, my husband ran into someone from the class and asked what he thought of the first session. The man hesitated, then said, “Honestly? It really shook me. I know others said it was empowering, but it really made me start thinking about things—like all the atheist claims she talked about.”
My husband relayed this conversation to me…and I subsequently went into a funk for several days.
I felt like I totally failed. So many thoughts ran through my head:
How did I mess this up?
What could I have said to better demonstrate how powerful the evidence for God is?
How could one person say this was empowering and another person say it shook his faith to the core?
I must not be a very good apologetics teacher if my class had a negative impact on someone’s faith.
What if my class ultimately becomes the trigger that sends him away from the Lord?
Then, one morning, I woke up and realized something very important: I was having the same fears about apologetics causing a person to question his faith as many parents have about it causing their kids to question their faith. And I always tell those parents they need to promptly conquer their fears and forge ahead for the long-term spiritual benefit of their children.
It was time for me to take my own advice…
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